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How Bafana Bafana can reach Round of 16

Posted: 18 June 2010 Time: 08:36

If South Africa beat France next week, then they can still qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup on goal difference if either Mexico or Uruguay lose (if the two group leaders draw, then forget); but, both of these sides have a far superior goal difference to Bafana Bafana. 

Here are the permutations: If South Africa win 1-0; then Uruguay must beat Mexico by FIVE goals, or Mexico must beat Uruguay by SIX; If South Africa win 2-0; then Uruguay must beat Mexico by FOUR goals, or Mexico must beat Uruguay by FIVE; If South Africa win 3-0; then Uruguay must beat Mexico by THREE goals, or Mexico must beat Uruguay by FOUR; and so on…   If Uruguay beat Mexico 1-0; then Bafana must beat France by FOUR goals; If Mexico beat Uruguay 1-0; then Bafana must beat France by FIVE goals; If Uruguay beat Mexico 2-0; then Bafana must beat France by THREE goals (equal goal difference, more goals scored); If Mexico beat Uruguay 2-0; then Bafana must beat France by FOUR goals; and so on…   Here is where it gets particularly interesting: If South Africa win 2-1; and Uruguay beat Mexico 4-0, then Bafana Bafana and El Tri have finished tie, with an identical goals for and against record, and level on head to head.   Similarly, of Bafana beat France 2-0 and Uruguay beat Mexico 3-0, then Bafana and the Mexicans will be absolutely level again.   So what happens then?   Wait for it folks: Lots will be drawn. Can Bafana ever get that lucky?   Here’s the Fifa rule on this: The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows: a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches; b) goal difference in all group matches; c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches. If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows: d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned; e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned; f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned; g) drawing of lots by the Fifa Organising Committee.   Richard Maguire  

Previous comments on this story...

Kideo007
posted: 08:46 am
Gambling exercises indeed & I really dont see us making to the second round or unless Teko, Pienaar, KG & Mokoena must vacate their positions ASAP before then I think we stand a very good chance to qualify for the second round.
Skepe Mketule
posted: 08:52 am
Lets learn to accept defeat, these ppl had great chance against Mexico, we should have thwarted them 4-1, start preparing for AFCON n 2014 stop creating unnecessary expactations from us,
Anonymous
posted: 08:55 am
Why stress about something that is not gonna happen. We all know that Mokoena will concede 2 goals
Proffesor
posted: 09:00 am
I don’t see us making it… I mean in France 98 we needed to win our last game against Said Arabia to qualify for the second… France did us a fever by beating Denmark! We didn’t as we drew 2-all!

Then it was Korea/Japan in 2002 were we needed to draw our last game against Spain to qualify for the next round… we lost 3-2. Spain and Paraguay made the second round.

For the previous World Cup was easy for us to make the second round especially when we went to our last games. Now look at the 2010 last game… BAFANA needs to score more than 3 goals to qualify and HOPE… now tell me if this will happen?

Confederations Cup was the same story were we got helped by New Zealand after drawing with Iran. All now we can do is just go OUT there and support the boys and enjoy our last game in Bloemfontein as ‘me’ I don’t see any miracles…
Anonymous
posted: 09:07 am
Let us stop promising ourselves by something that will never happen,France will want to do the same thing to us so you can see here that the dog will eat dog.Mina l have lost all the hopes that l once had with BB.Let us think about qualifying Afcon and the next World Cup with the new overhauled technical team that needs to be appointed asap.And the BB management and technical team must be ex proffesional players people who will be there with a passion not for the sake of money like Nkumane,Mumble,Pitso etc.The tug of war for positions in SAFA will never take us anywhere instead those who are working for must know that they are representing the nation there and the job that they are doing must be good and they to start the development from the foundation phase.Also we need to stop recruiting players from other countries if we do so than when are we going to have our our own Jomo Sono,Ntsoelengoe,Teenage,Ndlanya,Samora Khulu,Sizwe Motaung,David Nyathi,Doctor K and so forth.I think this is high time where we must stop this greediness to soccer officials abaneliswa.UNITE MZANSI UNITE.
Anonymous
posted: 09:07 am
Kaizer7,Maar Why are you so childish?
Leo Xikoci
posted: 09:09 am
Should i say i THINK we OUT or should i say, lets forget about tha game. but looking at SA's record against France and predicting the results BAFANA will atleast manage a better results of 0-0 draw against france. there's no way in hell we can beat france not today and not then.
Dave10
posted: 09:12 am
Guys we do not have the required quality at this level, period!

Asoze Saphel'Amandla....!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 09:16 am
Why must we always dream of being carried to the next round instead of just walking there? If we so believe that we are good enough. Besides, what is more important – going to the next round or winning the cup? If going through to the knockout is more important; then what are we playing for?

We can all console ourselves and claim patriotism, the fact of the matter is that we are not good enough. We’ve always set low goals for ourselves as a country and that’s the mentality that is unfortunately being installed into the next generation. We have failed many times in this tournament because of the same things. Even at club level we are not doing well. Football is a nightmare in this country.

And just because some of you still believe and some don’t, does not mean those that blive are more patriotic than those that does not believe. We have different views and that must be respected.

Besides, some cheer their individual players more than the team itself. So, is that being patriotic? Loyal fans don’t criticize; they rally behind every team member, not individuals.

Fact is BB players and its whole administration has failed us and that must be acknowledged without fear and/or prejudice.

Problem with some of us in this country, if not all, is that we fail to acknowledge our failures. We always want to cover it up by comparison.

UNTIL OUR PLAYERS ARE TACTICAL LY AND TECHNICALLY SUPERIOR, THIS WILL ALWAYS BE THE RESULTS.

IF A COUNTRY IS FAILLING TO EXPORT PLAYERS, THEN YOU MUST KNOW THAT THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM WITH THE PRODUCTS FROM THAT COUNTRY

BLESSED
Anonymous
posted: 09:19 am
Bafana we will make you proud with our support and please make us proud with giving your best on tuesday!!!sizokuba in- outisha kaofela!!!!if we go down, we going down with a BANG...hotaaaaaaaaaaaa ta bana, haku senamaqhika France, there is no more french revolution!!!!sizobangena, siba entarishe bese sibavala...4-0 halakashaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Slim Kat
Pa Gaxa,Mbazo,Kumalo,masilela
-----------Yeye
Schillo ------------Shabba
-----------Teko
----------------Moriri
------Killer

Shaaaaaapa bafana shapaaaaaa
Dubula Killer siyawafuna lama goali
*Asoooooooze sapel' amandla, aaaasooooooze*

Anonymous
posted: 09:20 am
Miracles ended in jesus's era. No such thing will happen in this century. The coach has just embarrassed us. We better focus now on something else.
Kideo007
posted: 09:20 am
Its win or lose for Bafana Bafana, though I think the team still stand as good chance to qualify. Its not over till the fat lady sings.
stickma
posted: 09:23 am
BAFANA BAFANA KE NAKO

Born: 11 June 2010

Died: 16 June 2010

He leaves behind 49 million South Africans..........

He will be buried on 22 June 2010

Venue: Bloemfontein Mangaung Stadium

Time: 16H00

R.I.P

"The hopes were too high but joy was short-lived"

(Aron M.2:verse.1)
stickma
posted: 09:24 am
BAFANA BAFANA KE NAKO

Born: 11 June 2010

Died: 16 June 2010

He leaves behind 49 million South Africans..........

He will be buried on 22 June 2010

Venue: Bloemfontein Mangaung Stadium

Time: 16H00

R.I.P

"The hopes were too high but joy was short-lived"

(Aron M.2:verse.1)
Jingotres
posted: 09:24 am
This is absolutely nonsense.
Forget all about this.We wr Lucky during the Confed Cup i ths kind of situation.
But now i can Safely say Mission Impossible & Confidntly say
Mission Impossible.
Christmas comes Once in a Year.
No Luck this time"It World Cup "..
Sorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry.
Anonymous
posted: 09:29 am
Guys this editor must stop raising our hopes we are tired of been heart broken, and lets not forget this South americans & Concacaf region are very cunning- Mexico & Uruguay will play out a draw on that day, you guys just watch that is what both teams will do, just to make sure that France & Bafana do not go through, this Mexicans & Uruguay are not reliable teams to be professional about it.
stickma
posted: 09:30 am
BAFANA BAFANA KE NAKO

Born: 11 June 2010

Died: 16 June 2010

He leaves behind 49 million South Africans..........

He will be buried on 22 June 2010

Venue: Bloemfontein Mangaung Stadium

Time: 16H00

R.I.P

"The hopes were too high but joy was short-lived"

(Aron M.2:verse.1)
Anonymous
posted: 09:33 am
Stop leaving in a fools paradise,with playas like Mokoena & Modise who needs an enemy/rival.For the next Bafana coach pls drop these 2 cows & I thank you in advance.Give Schillo the captaincy & put Booth since this coach hurried to drop Gould & incl. Parker 2.
Kanyamazane
posted: 09:34 am
There is a saying that Why fix it if it is not broken? Ours is broken and serious changes are needed.As an arm chair coach i can only come with suggestions and hope either Pitso or Parreira are checking our posts here. I suggest the following starting eleven:1. Moeneeb, 2. Anele 3. Masilela 4. Khumalo 5. Sangweni 6. Khoboni 7. Bhele 8. Modise 9. Mphela 10. Tshabalala 11. Parker. Subs: Depending on how the game goes he can bring anyone as long as we are not going to defend. Good Luck Bafana at least just register a win on the African soil.Otherwise I am gonna feel it until the 11 July whether you make it or not. I might not live to see the WC in the African continent ever again.
Anonymous
posted: 09:36 am

Is this Stonza guy sick or ill

Yes Miracles do happen but not with the weakest team in the 2010WC

FRANCE 3 SA 1

Perreira will be smilling all his way to the airport and take first class plane to Brasil where he is going to meet his family and they live a happily ever after, with his cousin Natalino Santana also smilling to the bank.

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